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  1. Have a great 2017 everyone!
    7 Points
  2. Shawn

    MWF back up! Please read!

    Hi everyone, Glad to see you on the other end of this maintenance cycle! Server migration completed, still bringing up the Main site. This migration was painful, but worth it. We are now on Invision Board 4.x, and many things are different. I know nobody enjoys change, but it will get better as our muscle memory relearns. Please give it a little time. The 3.x software is nearing its maintenance cycle, so it was best to move forward. We are also on a default darker blue theme, which if you hate, you can change by going to the very bottom of the forums page and selecting 'Theme' and going with MWDefaultWhiteBlue. It will reset the board back to the brighter white/blue theme we've run for 10+ years. Staring into what is effectively a 24" LCD flashlight for hours at a time is burning my retinas out, so trying something easier on the eyes for a bit. Will get some Macross flavors into both themes in the next week or two. Other minor changes involve putting out a call for some additional voluntary moderators. The team we've had so far have done a fantastic job (it would be chaos without their help), but with this New Year and New Server, we will be trying something new. To try and prevent any burnout, we'll be rotating mods every 4-6 months. Moderating is NOT fun. All you get is people arguing with your about why they are right and you are wrong(It is a selfless job to police internet forums). While we gather some additional volunteers (will send the word out soon) new forum registrations are going to temporarily be suspended, probably just for a week or two until we sort things out with the server migration and all the spamming filters. With this New Year we'll also be a bit more strict on forum behavior. You'll get just 2x warnings then you are permanently banned. The moderation team was really much more patient than I would be. I really don't want to bring everyone down with this talk, but this (Macross) is a supposed to be hobby for us to enjoy in our time off, so lets have fun!!! If you encounter any bugs in the forums, please post them here and we'll get them ironed out asap. Regarding our Facebook/Social Media presence change, I'll be absolutely honest. I don't use FB/Twitter, and years ago when Exo said we should have a FB account I literally said 'We already have a forum, but ok'. But what he created and nurtured is incredible, reaching out to thousands of fans across the world. It is more international that these forums will ever be, and that is my dilemma. I like a smaller community plain and simple. But he grew it into something larger and more successful than I could ever imagine, and that is why it changed. He can now grow even more without this old man's stupid restrictions. If you have not bookmarked it please do so!! Again great job Exo!! https://www.facebook.com/MacrossFanCentral/ Thank you all for reading, and please have a good time here! Shawn
    7 Points
  3. Shawn

    Call for Moderators!

    Do you like to be abused on the internet? Do you like to work hours per month receiving nothing but contempt for your actions!? Well have I got a gig for you. Think of it like Jury duty, except you don't get paid $15 or get reimbursed for parking. Seriously I am putting out a call for some volunteers who want to try their hands at being a Macross World Forum Moderator. Looking for 2-3 people maximum, it is a temp position for 3-6 months tops. We'll be rotating regularly to prevent any burnout. If interested please PM me, I'll go through the initial list and select a few. Sometimes it really isn't a fun thing to do/be, you will get kickback, and in 3-6 months will be 'just' a member again, so really think it over. Also, we are going to be getting a lot stricter around here about respect and courtesy, there will be no more 'bullies' here. You'll get 2x soft warnings then get banned. If we lose members because if this, remember it is on you. You do not need to respond to every post you don't agree with, contradict someone for liking something you do not, or correct people when they make a mistake. Just skip that post and move on to something you enjoy. Seriously re-read this a few times over. Remember this is a fun hobby, FUN!! Thank you all for reading!! Shawn
    6 Points
  4. sh9000

    Hi-Metal R

    6 Points
  5. Saburo

    Bandai DX VF-31

    I am really happy with the VF-31 its well improved over the YF-30. My attempt to pull the gunpod out of the back container was a bit scary I thought I was going to break it. Here are my pics.
    5 Points
  6. abbadon

    Hi-Metal R

    4 Points
  7. Sildani

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Concur. These are toys, after all. Totally inconsequential. He who dies with the most toys is dead.
    4 Points
  8. Lolicon

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Aren't we all?
    4 Points
  9. Jefuemon

    VF-22 Sturmvogel II

    VF-22 Sturmvogel II
    3 Points
  10. Darotower

    Strike A Pose! revisted...

    At least VF-1 Blue Squadron is finally reunited!!! Feels so good!
    3 Points
  11. Valkyrie23

    Hi-Metal R

    http://hlj.com/product/BANN12853 HLJ - Go Go!
    3 Points
  12. no3Ljm

    Bandai DX VF-31

    PO Time for US people. Japan Time - 4pm | Jan 6 | Fri Hawaii Time - 9pm | Jan 5 | Thu Alaska Time - 10pm | Jan 5 | Thu Pacific Time - 11pm | Jan 5 | Thu Mountain Time - 12am | Jan 6 | Fri Central Time - 1am | Jan 6 | Fri Eastern Time - 2am | Jan 6 | Fri For the other countries, try to use this site to check for your time. Hope that helps and good luck to all of us.
    3 Points
  13. Hope everyone's 2017 started out good. Who's your favorite main character from the Macross eras?
    3 Points
  14. iguanaman8989

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Thanks jenius!
    3 Points
  15. sh9000

    Macross Collection Display Thread

    All together.
    3 Points
  16. Kinzoku VF

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Sorry Spanner, late reply....Yes, I think I had posted pics of one of them ages ago on MW ( I'm usually more of a lurker....) . These are some Yamato unpainted VF's that I painted (I really wish Arcadia would re-release those unpainted kits, they were just great. I still nave 3 or 4 unpainted sets left, but cannot get myself to paint them until I come up with some kick ass paint schemes.) Anyway, here are 2 clearer pics I found in some of my albums.
    3 Points
  17. spanner

    Macross Collection Display Thread

    I love Macross! a lot!
    3 Points
  18. spanner

    Bandai DX VF-31

    I love how easy it is to transform too! Had both battroid and gerwalk done in less than 10mins! VF-31 vs YF-30 Merry Effin Christmas to me!!! Amen.
    3 Points
  19. Brick_Sash

    Lego SDF-1 DYRL WIP

    The SDF-1 has been completed and I will update the first post once I have some better quality pictures. In the mean time you can visit the Facebook page.
    3 Points
  20. sketchley

    Macross City from Macross Plus

    A couple of things to keep in mind: that was at their headquarters the rest of the world was pretty much completely destroyed* it was also the only place left on Earth still broadcasting a radio signal after the big battle. Makes sense to land next to survivors where there's a chance to get supplies for your broken ship. * http://monkeybacon.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/Statistics/QVF_Series/QVF_series.php The planet behind the drones in that screengrab from M+ is of the Earth.
    2 Points
  21. I still love my 1/48 collection. Always will! Here's one of my faves:
    2 Points
  22. arbit

    Fan Racer (Happy New Year Custom)

    Happy New Year everyone! Thanks to the Workbench guys as always.
    2 Points
  23. UN Spacy

    Macross figures

    From today's Macross D event at Parco.
    2 Points
  24. arbit

    1/20000 Nupetiet Custom LED

    2 Points
  25. Chronocidal

    Arcadia YF-19 coming in 2014

    I'll see if the parts come out useable as-is next week some time. The POM process requires a 0.13 mm border to give room for the laser, but the metal says it cuts exact sizes, so I might need to clean up the edges of the plastic ones. In the meantime, I installed the two sets of handmade ones, and they're holding up ok in fighter mode. Did make one small mistake, and didn't realize that the wingroots use two different sizes of screws, and I made a little bump on top of one wing where the screw tried to go in too far. It's hidden under the root though, so not a big deal for me. The plastic I used might be a tiny bit too thick, so I might sand down the plates, but that extra thickness is providing a nice tight sliding action into the wing, so it's not all bad. Edit: have to admit, the wings feel a bit wobbly, so some higher strength materials will help, but it's just really satisfying finally being able to do this:
    2 Points
  26. ChaoticYeti

    Yamato 1/60 VF-19S/F/P - All Variants

    Never got a hold of an F, but 19's ftw.
    2 Points
  27. Some of you may recall that Gubaba did some translations of a few important works from Macross history. Particularly notable is his translation of Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences. He also translated My Fair Minmay and the Macross Outside Story from Perfect Memory. All of these stories were written near the time of SDFM's production by those who contributed to the show. Personally, I really enjoyed further development of the characters outside of the animation. Now, Gubaba is in the process of translating the novelization for Macross: DYRL. The novel is written by the movie's own scriptwriter! This means that Gubaba's translation effort will again provide further insight into the characters in one of the best anime movies ever made. What makes it more interesting is that the events in the novel, while similar, play out in a different fashion than the movie. Concurrent with his DYRL translation, he is also translating the first Macross Delta novelization. If you haven't read any of his translations, I highly recommend starting with Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences. It's a good read! This story and his earlier translations can be found here: https://gubabablog.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/super-dimension-fortress-macross-suggestions-for-further-reading-and-listening/ His WIP DYRL translation can be found here: https://gubabablog.wordpress.com/category/super-dimension-fortress-macross/ The first chapter to his Delta translation can be found here: https://gubabablog.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/macross-delta-vol-1-chapter-1.pdf
    2 Points
  28. aaajin

    Hi-Metal R

    Transformed to gerwalk. Havent tried fighter mode yet, but this little guy is lotsa fun
    2 Points
  29. aaajin

    Hi-Metal R

    Having fun with HMR CF. The "Don't shoot! I give up! *But still shoots afterwards* " pose Pulling Ivanov's move with a CF
    2 Points
  30. AndrewB

    Macross Collection Display Thread

    2 Points
  31. Saburo

    Macross figures

    I wasn't planning on doing this figure since I didn't have the right color background, but here goes Bonus photo!
    2 Points
  32. Saburo

    Macross figures

    Decided to do something different.
    2 Points
  33. anime52k8

    The Transformers Thread Next

    Because some people might actually like the way MP-36 looks over Despotron? I'm not planning on getting any of them but I think MP-36 has way better proportions than Despotron. The gray color never bothered me and the more I look at it the more it grows on me.
    2 Points
  34. derex3592

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Thanks B. I was shocked that I actually scored one out of the gate, as AmiAmi preorder literally was gone in 2 seconds. Now I will have one Messer and Keith in 1:60 DX. That's all the love (money, except the little TomyTec kits) I'm giving to Delta..which is probably more than that dumpster fire of a Macross series deserves if I'm honest....
    2 Points
  35. mog_kupo

    Bandai DX VF-31

    http://hlj.com/product/BANN12922
    2 Points
  36. TFA disappointed me on so many levels. But above all it wasn't original in any way, shape, or form. Not a lick of originality to be found in it. I could pick out the tropes as they happened, and also identify the exact moments that copied the original films. "Oh look, she's on a desert planet that's Tattooine in everything but name." Why couldn't they just call it Tattooine since that's what they seemed to want? "Oh look, it's just like the cantina sequence." Except that it failed. Mos Eisley felt lived in, gritty, and the cantina had a sense of history. This one didn't. I just felt put in for the sake of having an ANH reference. "Oh look, here's the Yoda character." Except that she failed as a Yoda character. Yoda had a sense of aged wisdom, from countless years of experience. This one... didn't. She felt more like a plot point, there to advance the story rather than inhabit it. "Starkiller Base? Okay, that's an esoteric nod to the original drafts for ANH... WTF! It's another Death Star station?" Except bigger, because of course it HAS to be scaled up. "Wait, didn't the good guys win in ROTJ? Why is Leia part of the Rebellion again? Wait, rebelling against what? If not the Empire then what?" Basic information was seemingly left out. "Oh look, she's Force-sensitive. Wait, how can she resist a trained Dark-Sider like that? Oh, and she has TK without training. Oh, and she can hold her own in a lightsaber fight. Didn't Luke need two movies to get that kind of skill?" Now add to that the way I didn't enjoy any of the original touches put in. Kylo Ren was an abysmal villain. I didn't buy him as a threat at all, unlike Lord Vader whom was a lethal baddass from the second he stepped onto the screen. I absolutely hated watching the Starkiller beam streak across the sky, painfully slow, yet still able to target several planets across interstellar distances. That sucked. I guess the best way to sum up my gripes with TFA is as follows: It's was designed with a checklist of points to hit. Rather than adding to the story, they just took cookie-cutter sequences from earlier films and mashed them together, and not very well at all. Original Trilogy ships? Check. Original Trilogy sound effects? Check. Original Trilogy plot points? Check, check, check.
    2 Points
  37. Tochiro

    Macross World Podcast - feedback & comments

    Our end of year wrap up is up. With the front page being in a state of transition at the moment, please download the cast from the following site. iTunes integration is also on hiatus until the front page is back up and running. Anyways, enjoy the cast! We have a LOT of content coming up this year :-) http://www.decultureshock.com/speakerpodcast-ep-71-2016-end-of-year-wrap-up-ramble/
    2 Points
  38. frankell05

    Wip vf-1j

    Alright, I'm done
    2 Points
  39. sh9000

    Hi-Metal R

    HMR VF-1A Hikaru finished. Now onto Max and Kakizaki.
    2 Points
  40. Master Dex

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    It was! It's on the first album, Let's Fire, along with the studio duet version of Basara and Mylene singing it. It was important to the rise of Fire Bomber's fame so it was included, even though it isn't really all that good and exists mainly as a nod to the show.
    2 Points
  41. Seto Kaiba

    AVF Upgrade Candidates

    Well, my answer to your question would depend largely upon what you consider to be "new" information... have you been following our progress over in the Macross Delta Mecha and Technology thread? Going back a couple posts (and over half a year), we can now answer with some certainty the questions that were being asked when Macross Delta was just starting to air courtesy of official specs published with model kits and so on. I'll hit the big talking points, and if anything jumps out at you or any questions occur to you, go ahead and shout 'em out as the mood strikes you: Where do the VF-31 and Sv-262 stand in comparison to other 5th Generation VFs? As we now know from the official specs published with the model kits and toys (thank you Tomytec), the new 5th Generation VFs presented in the Macross Delta series don't represent a dramatic improvement in overall performance vs. the previously featured 5th Generation VFs which appeared in Macross Frontier. Easily the biggest factor skewing early impressions of Macross Delta's tech level is that it wasn't made explicit or clear in the series that those VF-31 Siegfrieds being flown by Delta Flight of the Xaos Ragna branch's 3rd Fighter Wing are all ace customs and not representative of actual VF-31 performance. This, of course, led to an inflated impression of the Sv-262's capabilities as well, since the natural assumption was that a VF-31 was the new gold standard for 5th Generation VFs by dint of having the highest number. As it happens, the "stock" VF-31 Kairos, which the Brisingr Alliance NUNS is expected to start adopting circa 2069, offers very little in terms of improvement over the VF-25. In a lot of ways you could argue the VF-31 is a bunch of VF-25 hardware packed into a different-shaped airframe. Compared to the Low Rate Initial Production (Block 1?) VF-25/MF25 Messiah fielded by the Macross Frontier emigrant fleet: The VF-31 is a little longer (19.31m vs 18.72m) but has a shorter wingspan (13.7m vs 15.5m) and a smaller vertical profile (3.85m vs 4.03m) The VF-31's listed empty mass is 200kg lighter than the VF-25's (8,250kg vs 8,450kg), but that's without its ordinance container so that basically means it's missing a big chunk of its airframe. The empty thrust-to-weight ratio of the VF-31A is very slightly higher than the VF-25's (40.664 vs 39.098). (This is also misleading, for the reasons stated above.) The VF-31 is using a slightly improved variant of the VF-25's FF-3001A engine, which provides an extra 25kN per engine (1,645kN vs 1,620kN). The VF-31 is slightly faster at 10km (Mach 5.5+ vs Mach 5.0+) They're using the same EX-Gear interface and the VF-31 is using a slightly improved variant of the initial VF-25 ISC system, which has 0.5G more buffer capacity (28.0G vs 27.5G). The airframe control AI is an updated version of the ARIEL II system used by the VF-25, VF-27, YF-29, and YF-30 designated ARIEL II+. Roughly half the VF-31's weapons are the same type used by the VF-25. They both use the ROV-127 beam machine gun on the monitor turret, and the CIMM-3 micro-missile launchers for the VF-25's Super Pack are integrated into the VF-31's legs. The VF-31's offensive guns are a more advanced assortment, a pair of 27mm rapid-fire railguns and a heavy quantum beam gun pod instead of either 25mm beam machine guns or regular machine guns and a large-bore rotary cannon. It's hard to say how their ordinance capacity measures up... since the VF-31 Kairos's ordinance container is something of a mystery due to an idiot ball mistake wherein the specs say that a Kairos doesn't have the equipment to support Walkure and the models have given the VF-31A the same container as the Siegfried. All told, the Kairos seems to be more or less on the same level as the VF-25 Messiah, putting it well below the performance of the VF-27, YF-29, and YF-30. Armament-wise, it's harder to say. The VF-31 has a much greater bias towards close-quarters combat, with half (or less) the overall number of pylons the VF-25 has, but with a whopping 60 internal micro-missiles (18 in each leg, and 24 in the ordinance container if the Model Graphix coverage is on the level) plus the two internal bays in the back of the legs. The VF-31's Super Pack is much less impressive, being a lot heavier and slower, and with what appears to be less weaponry. The Xaos Valkyrie Works custom job, the VF-31 Siegfried, is a somewhat different animal being that it's been retrofitted to have forward-swept wings, a detuned version of the YF-30's engine, a slightly improved ISC, a custom airframe control AI (ARIEL III), and a less powerful railgun on the forearm/wing root mount, while also forfeiting almost half of the micro-missiles for a multidrone charger and the leg bays for multidrones themselves. The Sv-262 Draken III is a much different animal. It's noted as being a VF designed specifically to combat other VFs, from a design house that specialized in precisely that school of thought. The highlights are: The Sv-262 is smaller than the typical 5th Generation VF, and only 17.54m long with a 13m wingspan (on the Hs type), but a higher vertical profile of 5.74m. The listed empty mass is unusually high for its size, at 9,810kg. It's lighter than the VF-27 and YF-29, but it's heavier by far than VF-25s and YF-30s. Being the only known production VF with an ersatz fold wave system (albeit a "poor man's" one that is basically just an elaborate afterburner), the Sv-262's normal T/W ratio is actually almost identical to the VF-31A's at 40.641, but worse than the Xaos Custom Siegfrieds by almost 10%. When overboosting with its fold quartz reheat system, the Sv-262Hs is slightly worse than the YF-30 at nominal (unboosted) maximum engine power with 52.834 vs. the YF-30's 53.085. Based on the designation, the Draken III is using a /FC2 version of the initial-type Stage II thermonuclear reaction engine (FF-2999). It's faster than the VF-31 and VF-31 Custom Siegfried at altitude, topping out at Mach 5.8+ at 10km to their Mach 5.5+. The Sv-262 is not using EX-Gear, but it does have a full virtual cockpit like the VF-27's (but without the need for implants) and an ISC based on the VF-25's that is significantly improved to a capacity of 30.8G. The Sv-262 is also using an ARIEL II+ airframe control AI. Armaments on the Sv-262 are very similar to the MilSpec VF-31A Kairos's... at least in terms of guns. It has a heavy quantum beam gun pod, a different variant of the same 27mm railguns used on the forearms of the VF-31A (twin-mounted on the right arm instead), and the command model (Sv-262Hs) has a pair of beam machine guns on the head. The standout parts of its weapons are that it doesn't have any pylons and it doesn't have any internal weapons bays. Its missiles are all tied up in conformal packs. A number isn't given in the specs, but model kits have shown 29 micro-missiles in the pack, times four packs is 116 micro-missiles. Instead of the VF-31's two knives, it has a big damn sword that was only used in the final episode for some reason. The Lilldraken drones add a 30mm beam machine gun and four micro-missile launchers apiece. One special trait that's noted for the Sv-262 is that its unusual transformation gives it an atypically small onboard fuel capacity, which limits its endurance in space combat. Where do the VF-31 and Sv-262 stand in comparison to each other? Performance-wise, the Sv-262 seems to be on a mostly level footing against the military spec VF-31A/B Kairos intended to become the main VF for the Brisingr Alliance NUNS in the next two years. They've got similar thrust-to-weight ratios, though the Draken III has the greater peak airspeed at low altitudes and the advantage of the rotating wing-engines formed by the Lilldrakens to boost its agility. It's actually at at slight disadvantage against the VF-31 Siegfried in those departments due to the Siegfried's lighter weight and roughly comparable engines, but the fact that there were never more than five Siegfrieds at any one time negated that advantage pretty swiftly. Armaments-wise, the Draken III has a pretty substantial advantage over the VF-31. They both have the 27mm railguns and a heavy quantum beam cannon, but the Draken III has a significant edge in missiles... boasting almost twice the capacity of the VF-31A without its drones, and more than three times what the VF-31 Custom Siegfried brings to the party. Having two drones for ad hoc wingmen is also an advantage well worth mentioning. It's not mentioned in any source I have, but the Sv-262's gunpod appears on several occasions to have a similar "beam grenade" mode to the VF-27, YF-29, and YF-30 gun pods... something the VF-31 is never shown to have. All in all, I would judge the Epsilon Foundation/Dian Cecht SV Works Sv-262 Draken III to be the superior aircraft when compared against the Surya Aerospace VF-31 Kairos, and arguably the superior aircraft when compared to the Xaos Valkyrie Works VF-31 Custom Siegfried. Their performance seems to be in the hope (or expectation) that a high-quality aircraft made to exploit the superhuman abilities of Windermerean pilots would compensate for the significant numerical disadvantage Windermere's Aerial Knights would be up against when confronting the New UN Spacy. Unfortunately, the aggressively short lifespan of the average Windermerean and the losses sustained fighting against rogue Zentradi and then the New UN Spacy in 2060 seem to have left them badly short of experienced combat pilots... so much so that, despite a colossal technological and performance advantage, we saw on several occasions that more experienced pilots in the old VF-171 were quite able to shoot down their less experienced enemy's newer and more potent aircraft. EDIT: Wow, that got long FAST... those of you who made it through that in one sitting, treat yourselves to an ice cream or something. Yikes.
    2 Points
  42. jenius

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Workin' on it -
    2 Points
  43. Gerli

    South Ataria in FSX

    And this is how the ship and the city looks together. Next step is the terrain and craters
    2 Points
  44. spanner

    Bandai DX VF-31

    the trio of trio's!
    2 Points
  45. spanner

    Bandai DX VF-31

    my other two just arrived 15mins ago! now to pose them each in a different mode! worth every penny!
    2 Points
  46. aiorus_22

    Kurisama's Custom 1/60 Upgrades & Add-ons

    I received my head S type was impressed with the level of detail thanks kurisama
    2 Points
  47. ChaoticYeti

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Looks like more people are getting theirs!
    2 Points
  48. ChaoticYeti

    Bandai DX VF-31

    I got mine just before Christmas. Best DX Valkyrie yet! Only issues I have had have been with the head. It is a bit finicky to transform going both ways. Other than that, this thing is awesome! Nice, confident joints. Tabs galore. Really locks everything down in each mode.
    2 Points
  49. no3Ljm

    Life after Delta

    ...or hire someone that likes to do 'war stories' and focus more on what this series makes great -- Valkyries. They already focused on the girl/group/song/triangle theme this Delta, hope next time they just focus on the Valkyries. Just saying.
    2 Points
  50. peter

    Life after Delta

    So I started watching it....got about 5 minutes into it before I found myself reaching for a bottle of Black Label. Then I turned it off to enjoy my Scotch. My wife saw snippets of what I was watching as she walked by and asked me what the hell I was watching. I told her it was Macross and she gave me this look like I was hentai or something. Though she is not an anime fan, she grew up in Japan watching City Hunter, so she sat with me to watch SDFM and DYRL because she saw similarities between Roy and Ryo. At the end, she could understand why as a boy growing up, I would like something like SDFM - it has planes, it has robots, it has war, it has action. When she saw me watching Mac D, she thought I was was watching a children's tv show marketed for little girls. I told her it appeared to be marketed for the modern beta-type effeminate nu-males. I explained to her that this is what Macross had become and she thought that the creator must have become mentally ill. I forced myself to watch Mac7 years ago so I will get through this somehow. From what I've seen so far though.....Kawamori-san, WTF?
    2 Points